It Doesn't Have To Be This Way

by Flower Crown Me A Queen

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released December 2, 2015

Tracks 2-6 & track 9 recorded at Guitar Center in Westminster, CO
Tracks 7 & 8 recorded in Dahlia's old bedroom in Honolulu, HI

All songs were written by Dahlia McAluney with the exception of Entitled, which was co-written by Jay Williams
Dahlia McAluney - Guitar/Vox
Jay Williams - Cajon/Banjotar/Dulcimer/Vox
Kyle Alexa - Guest Vocals on What Are You?



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Flower Crown Me A Queen Denver, Colorado

A folk punk project about being trans, hating cops, surviving capitalism, and staying cute while doing it.

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Track Name: The Great Speech
I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone - if possible - Jew, Gentile - black man - white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness - not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness; hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost....

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men - cries out for universal brotherhood - for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world - millions of despairing men, women, and little children - victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me, I say - do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed - the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes - men who despise you - enslave you - who regiment your lives - tell you what to do - what to think and what to feel! Who drill you - diet you - treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate - the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power - the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then - in the name of democracy - let us use that power - let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world - a decent world that will give men a chance to work - that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world - to do away with national barriers - to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite!
Track Name: Entitled
Capo 2nd fret
Am, Am, F, E
Am, E, F, E

I'm so fucking tired of explaining myself to everyone I meet
Yes I know that's dangerous for me out the street
But just because I don't fit inside your box
Doesn't give you any right to harass me when I walk

I don't have feet size seven but I look like I'm from heaven
And I know I don't have boobs but what the fuck do you care
I never tried to fit in cuz I'm fucking punk rock
I don't need give you reasons so just please fuck

Stand down
Stand down
Stand down
You make one more move and I'll bash your fucking head into the ground

If you think that you can get away with treating people like shit
Not everybody around wants your fucking dick.
Just because I'm a guy doesn't mean I have a prostate
No means no, and otherwise it's rape

Just because it turns you on doesn't mean I really want to
You don't care about others and only care about you
Being transgender is not like fucking role playing
You're a sick bastard if you think that it's a sex thing

Stand down
Stand down
Stand down
You make one more move and I'll bash your fucking head into the ground

Everything you wanted us to be is just a fantasy
You treat us like a fetish you can dream, make a wish
But were fucking people too, I guess that's fucking news
Get this idea out your head that we belong in your bed

I'm not being who I am just to give you a hard one
You don't respect the pronouns, I say we're fucking done
If you don't respect that, then you're a piece of shit
Get out of your heteronormative box and stop denying it

You're not entitled to our bodies just because you wanted something
Stop the fucking violence when you don't get what you want
You rape us and you kill us and you manage even worse
But now we're fighting back and I hope you fuckin burn!

Owning a vagina is not an automatic yes
You can do better than thinking rape is the best
How can you think that what you're doing is fucking right?
I'll chop your dick off if you attack me in the night

Stand down
Stand down
Stand down
You make one more move and I'll bash your fucking head into the ground
Track Name: I Fucking Hate Capitalism
F, C, E, Am
Bridge is Am, Dm, Em

I can't understand why the fuck my worth as a person is determined by the burden of money
Why do I have to have wealth to exist
I never fucking asked to be born
Now you can't fucking tell me that this is a dream for anybody but the people that we're making money for
There no fucking way that this ends up okay
Why the fuck why the fuck does it have to be this way?

You're always gonna have people working the jobs that no one else wants to do
So why don't they deserve to have enough to eat, house their families and stay off the street?
This system that we're in is fucking violent and if you don't think that's true then you've never really seen what it can do
If our bill of rights guarantees us life
Then why the fuck are people dying

From treatable diseases, cuz they don't have insurance, or they can't pay for water, or heating in the winter
They can't afford to eat with the rent that they pay because landlords just want to make more money, and they say
You have to work hard for what you want
But I shouldn't make others money to exist in the first place
The human race has been around for longer than the dollar
And it think that we're entitled to the space that we take

Maybe I'm just fucking naive because I believe that I'd rather live for me
And not for the profits of others
Taking advantage of me
I won't stand for a system making money off the backs of it's student population and then telling us it's our fault we can't
Make enough money to get by
Don't you think we've fucking tried
Track Name: Fake Deep
Capo 4th
Am, F, C, G
C, G

Look at me, a shovel beneath a boot that you wore when we first made a garden
Now it's time to uproot, and it's time to move on, but I know that I'm too far gone
No, the reasons have escaped, as I've emptied my own plate
And I try to remember what it's like to forget
But there's nothing I can do that will make me tell the truth
I'll just stumble all the way to your bed
I'll stumble all the way into your head

Look at me, a lonesome little girl, can't even say the right words when it's time
Now I must cut the ties, I'll sail off in the night, and swim with the sharks by my side
Yes, I'll plan my great escape, because security can wait
And nothing seems brother than a lighthouse on a shore
But it's too dark to see, and I've run out of time
But I hope that one day we'll be fine
I hope that one day, I'll be mine
Track Name: Tiny Coffins
Capo 6th
C, G7? (I guess), Am, F

In tiny coffins they sleep
But they'll never dream of anything other than the flash of a barrel
They're not even 18
And they'll never be, and you'll say that's just the way things have to stay
Their parents can't sleep and it's hard for them to eat
Cuz their child isn't there to fill that empty chair
And children isn't the right word to speak
Cuz their innocence is gone with a bullet to the head from a gun

Tamir was only 12 and playing in the park
When a van pulled up and they shot him in the dark
A 14 year old boy by the name of Cameron
Was shot in an abandoned house in front of his brother
Aiyana Stanley-Jones was sleeping on her couch
She died at 7 when they broke in and shot her head
They killed Von-Derrit Myers with a sandwich in his hand
Shot seventeen times, one for each year that he lived

Little Andre Green was only 15 when they aimed their weapons at the car
They took him out, it wasn't hard
A year short of adulthood, Christopher Roupe
Was killed on his front porch, holding a Wii remote
At 19 months old, little baby Bou Bou
Was burned with a flash grenade during a violent raid
These children all died at the hands of murderers
Now what if I told you that the guns were held by officers

The police all did this and they kill hundreds more
And they never get in trouble, they're still on the force
These internal investigations, they're corrupt as the notion
That killing a child comes in the job description
In these tiny coffins, these children are still bleeding
The blood of the innocent, their parents are still weeping
Be critical of brutality, don't just stand and watch
Because something must be done to know these graves are never dug
Track Name: I Watch The X-Files Too Much
Capo 2nd
Am, D
G, D, Am
C, Am, D

I believe in aliens
I wish that they could take me far away from here
Cuz vein here ain't all that great
It's not just me, it's every state
It's just the way things are
Children being shot and killed
By a badge and blue they feel
That a twelve year old threatened their life
So if you're there, then beam me up
I wait, I watch, but no such luck
I guess that I'm gonna have to stay
But I'll make the most of my days
And I'll fight for the things that I can change
It's gonna take a long time but I know that something better's on the way

I believe in ghosts
I wish that they could tell me all the things they've learned
From watching us so silently
Always seeing everything
I bet they know us better than ourselves
We're blinded by opinions
Preconceived notions of what everything's supposed to turn out to be
So I want to know what they do now, and how they pass the time floating around
I guess it's my turn now
To let you objectively know
The things that I've been told and have been shown
It's gonna bring you down but you'll understand it's worse than we've known

And we can't fix the mistakes that we've made
But at least we can still see that they were wrong
We can't bring back the people that were killed
But at least we will remember them in song
We can't kill everyone with a badge
But at least we can still hold them accountable
For the things they do and the things they say
They have to know that it's not okay
But it's gonna keep going on unless we make a really drastic change

I believe in monsters
I wish that other people could see them like I do
They're wearing suits and little pins
Of a flag I burned just last week
I know you hated that
If Donald Trump can speak at all
And fill up crowded speaking halls
I know that it's almost too late
But there's still kids like me who care
We call out shit we see and there's the reason to keep moving on
With burning the system down
I was told that you can't fight it with itself
There's only one way and it's anarchy for the rest of our days

And I know that it's gonna take some work
But I know that better things are on the way
And I know that it's gonna hurt
But I know that it's all gonna be okay
I know that it's scary but we're already facing monsters every day
Track Name: What Are You? (Feat. Kyle Alexa)
Capo 4th Fret
C, Am, E, C

I was taking a walk down the street
And I was stopped by a curious man
He asked me what I was doing
Am I confused about what I am

And I said no sir, I'm aware
That you think this is strange to see
But I know that I'm not what you think
And I know that I'm only me

And he grabbed me and asked me to say
What exactly it is that I am
And I said well sir, I am how I look
And how I look shall stay as it stands

And they said "hey man, nice penis"
And I said thanks, I grew it myself
Cuz a dick doesn't make me a man
And my beard don't make me a male

And they said "hey girl nice pussy"
And I said thanks, I groom it myself
Cuz a bag doesn't make me a woman
And my boobs don't make me a girl
Track Name: Thinned Blood
C, F
Am, C, F

You've been gone for only six months
But it feels like it's been six years
I still remember what you said to me
The last day you were here
You said you'd write me a letter for
Every day I'm away
The second one never came

I can't stop thinking about what I might've done
But I've got to remember I'm not the only one. This isn't about me
But it's just so hard not to think about what might've happened if I never left
I want to say you'd still exist

I never thought I'd have to write a song like this
About my best friend
It's been too long since I've heard your voice
I need you here again
I wasn't fucking ready
But then again I'd never be

Please come back
Please come back

Please come back
Please come back

I never thought I'd have to write a song like this
About my best friend
It's been too long since I've heard your voice
I need you here again
I wasn't fucking ready
But then again I'd never be